Two Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Two students from Harborfields High School have been named semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition. William Macci and Keith Mills were among the top 1 percent of 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the PSAT exam last October. As semifinalists, William and Keith are among the highest-scoring entrants in the state. They will now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for one of approximately 8,000 National Merit Scholarships to be awarded in the spring.

Upon learning of his honor, Keith said, “I was very surprised – I didn’t know I was named a semifinalist until a teacher congratulated me in the hallway!” William said, “It is nice to be recognized for an achievement that happened so long ago.”

Both students look forward to taking the next step in their educational careers and plan to apply to numerous schools each. Keith’s top choices are Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University and Lehigh University. He notes he would like to major in math but perhaps apply it toward a career in business. Meanwhile, William will apply to American University, Lehigh University and Binghamton University, among others. While he is not yet sure of what he will major in, he notes that he is interested in the marketing field.

According to Harborfields High School Principal Dr. Rory Manning, “This level of achievement is truly remarkable and one that the Harborfields community can be proud of. We are pleased to offer our congratulations to William and Keith, as well as their families and all of our faculty and staff who endeavor to nurture our students as they strive to be at their best.”